Worldliest Latin Jazz Club: Orquestas and so much more

Club Anton

No East Bay club embraces the protean quality of the Latin jazz genre with quite the fervor of Club Anton, a relatively new addition to Jack London Square’s entertainment district. It remains perhaps the only Latin jazz club in the entire world that would feature Bay Area turf rapper G-Stack and DJ True Justice on a Thursday and follow up with Tony Mayfield or Pepe y Su Orquesta on a Saturday. While such risks have probably put a dent in the club’s profits, they’ve also endeared it to the community in ways that wouldn’t be possible were its owners to stick with a strict template. With a rotating lineup that has included everything from singer-songwriter nights, urban comedy competitions, queer indie bands, and extravagant Carnival celebrations, this chic joint attracts people of all generations and ethnicities. Plus the small dancefloor and orange mood lighting make the place seem elegant, but not so opulent as to intimidate.

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